Woodside moves forward with Tasmania hydrogen project
Australian energy company Woodside has secured land for its proposed H2TAS hydrogen plant in the state of Tasmania, it said on November 12.
The land is a partially cleared site in the Austrak Business Park, in the Bell Bay area of northern Tasmania. Woodside and Austrak have agreed on an exclusive option for a long-term lease. H2TAS is a phased development with the potential to support up to 1.7 GW of electrolysis for hydrogen and ammonia production. The initial phase would have a capacity of up to 300 MW and target production of 200,000 metric tons/year of ammonia, Woodside said.
The project would use a combination of hydropower and wind power to create a 100% renewable ammonia product for export as well as renewable hydrogen for domestic use. In January this year, Woodside signed a memorandum of understanding with the state of Tasmania, which outlined the Tasmanian government’s support for the H2TAS project.
Woodside announced in May a project consortium under a heads of agreement with Japanese companies Marubeni Corporation and IHI Corporation. The parties have completed initial feasibility studies and concluded that it is technically and commercially feasible to export ammonia to Japan from the Bell Bay area, Woodside added.
“H2TAS is already garnering interest from existing and prospective Woodside customers in Asia and Europe,” Woodside CEO Meg O’Neill said. “Combined with our landmark H2Perth project announced last month, H2TAS will help to position Australia as a global leader in this emerging industry.”
Woodside is targeting a final investment decision in 2023, with construction and commissioning expected to take approximately 24 months.